Regional Briefs – March 28, 2016

Suspicious ‘Beeping’ Device Briefly Shutters Mall

WASHINGTON, N.J. – A suspicious beeping device that briefly shuttered a New Jersey shopping mall Friday night turned out to be anti-theft device from one of Cross Keys Commons’ retail stores, The Associated Press reported. Officers blocked off the center after a “loud beep” was reported.

Christie Allies’ Trial in Bridge Case Pushed to September

NEWARK – The criminal trial for two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie in the GWB lane-closing case has been pushed from mid-May to September, The Associated Press reported. Lawyers for Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly need more time to review case documents.

Police Dispatchers Suspended For Not Answering Calls

NEWARK – Three police dispatchers in Newark were suspended without pay for not answering calls, NJ.com reported. Compliance officers discovered there were calls assigned to the dispatchers that weren’t being answered even though there were no other calls at the time.

Judge Dismisses Ted Cruz Ballot Challenge in NY

ALBANY – A mid-level state court agrees that Sen. Ted Cruz can remain on New York’s April 19 presidential primary ballot, saying the challenge over his U.S. citizenship was filed too late, The Associated Press reported. The petition to knock off the Canadian-born senator missed the three-day deadline.

NYC Man Charged With Making Over 30 Fake 911 Calls

QUEENS – A man was arrested Friday for making more than 30 fake calls to 911 in about a month complaining about bombs, gas, smoke, electrical and medical emergencies, The Associated Press reported. Kenneth Campbell, 47, said he has an abusive relative and “the sound of sirens calms him down.”

Rockland Students Exposed To Person With Tuberculosis

NYACK, N.Y. – Health officials said in a letter to parents that several students at two Rockland schools were exposed to an individual with infectious tuberculosis, the Journal News reported. All those exposed have been identified and given information about testing.